The Marine Natural Capital Forum Scotland (MNCFS)


The Marine Natural Capital Forum Scotland (MNCFS) was formed in late 2022,  as an outcome from the Oceans of Value project led by The Scottish Wildlife Trust. It brings together a range of technical and policy experts to share knowledge of and expertise on marine systems, conservation and management to enhance the collective understanding, development, and application of marine natural capital in Scotland. 

Group Objectives:

    • To create a network of marine experts to advance marine natural capital and ecosystem service thinking, research and practical implementation in Scotland.

    • To provide a platform for experts in technical advancement (particularly researchers in academic institutes) and policy development (e.g. Marine Scotland) to communicate and collaborate.

    • To encourage representatives from projects/programmes with an interest in marine natural capital to share knowledge and best practice, encourage collaboration and identify knowledge gaps.


The group is coordinated by Dr Sam Collin from The Scottish Wildlife Trust, and Esther Whitford, Graduate Placement at NatureScot.  

Updates and further reading:

The Orkney Marine Natural Capital Assessment and Summary Report.  

Oceans of Value project article